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Windows Vista is officially dead

Windows Vista is officially dead

More than 10 years after it first launched, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista. Today is the final day for Windows Vista extended support, which means that the divisive operating system is well and truly dead. This move from Microsoft comes nearly five years to the day after mainstream support for Vista ended.

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Windows Insider Program now available for business users

Windows Insider Program now available for business users

One of the biggest changes to come from Microsoft alongside the debut of Windows 10 was the launch of its Insider Program, offering millions of users the chance to try out beta versions of its latest operating system. This program has continued to be successful over the last few years, giving users early access to new additions like the Creators Update, but it has had one major limitation: users have only been able to sign up with their personal Microsoft accounts.

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Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips has hit the App Store, with the new social video editing app a free download for those with an iPhone or iPad. Announced back in March, Clips joins iMovie for iOS rather than replacing it, as a second way to edit videos on the go. In fact, the two are very different animals: whereas iMovie is, like its desktop counterpart, focused on time-based edits, Apple Clips is more freeform in its approach.

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Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu for tablets and phones is dead, and that the Ubuntu desktop OS will be reverting back to GNOME instead of using Unity. It's a major change, one that Shuttleworth describes as 'a very difficult decision.' This spells the end to Canonical's visions of 'the convergence future' -- instead, the company will be focusing on the areas of business that are growing, Shuttleworth explains, which includes servers and VMs, the cloud infrastructure products, and, of course, the desktop, among other things.

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Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung is increasingly using its Tizen platform on its connect devices, such as smart TVs, but that may not be a good thing from a security standpoint. According to Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman, Tizen is a poorly created product with 40 previously unknown security vulnerabilities, ones that could allow hackers to relatively easily gain access to the connected devices and to take control of them. He goes so far as to say, "It may be the worse code I've ever seen."

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Microsoft shuttering CodePlex, its own GitHub alternative

Microsoft shuttering CodePlex, its own GitHub alternative

These days, GitHub is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of services for hosting open source software and projects, but it wasn't the first on the block with this idea. For over a decade now Microsoft has been operating its own service, CodePlex, which it originally launched in 2006. However, these days CodePlex languishes in the shadows of GitHub, and Microsoft has acknowledged this by announcing its closure later this year.

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Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

The Samsung DeX Station is a dock for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus which allows the "Samsung DeX" desktop software to work. This software is active within the Samsung Galaxy S8 family of devices and allows the owner of a Galaxy S8 smartphone to plug their phone in and compute on a larger scale. This system runs a desktop-like version of Android through the DeX Station - and the DeX Station itself must be purchased separate from the smartphone (unless packaged with the phone in later offerings).

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Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced

Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced

It's been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has been talking up this update for months now, unleashing the first significant details about the Creators Update way back in October. Now, after six solid months of hearing all about it, it's almost time for it to launch.

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Microsoft Excel gets co-authoring, OneNote improves ink math assistant

Microsoft Excel gets co-authoring, OneNote improves ink math assistant

Microsoft has announced some new changes arriving in Office 360, including a co-authoring feature inbound for Excel. The feature has gone live for Office Insiders Fast; it is likewise already available for Excel users on the Web, Windows Mobile, Android, and iOS. Mac users still have to wait for the feature, but Microsoft says it'll have that function available eventually. This new feature is joined by updates to OneNote and more.

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Pokemon GO Water Event update, plus how to get Red Gyarados

Pokemon GO Water Event update, plus how to get Red Gyarados

Shiny Pokemon have invaded Pokemon GO and the Pokeuniverse will never be the same - at least as far as shiny Magikarp is concerned. The one Pokemon that has the masses attention during the Pokemon GO Water Festival event going on now is Red Gyarados - also known as Ruby Gyarados or Shiny Gyarados. This alternate-color Gyarados comes from just one place: a Shiny Magikarp - and finding him or her is not particularly easy.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should be able to play content using Firefox as of yesterday.

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